A thousand times I breathe, once in a while I live.
In the daily rigmarole, we live but we forget to breathe. We work hard but we forget to relax. We achieve but we forget to be grateful. I have been there and living in the city you really can't escape the pace it has but practicing yoga over the years, have learned to disconnect and once in a while, take a break.
Practice Yoga Daily
Starting my day with even 5-10 minutes of meditation whenever I can squeeze that in, makes all the difference. Asana practice at least 3-4 times a week, gives me a kick start and keeps me going through the day. There was a time when I was a restless person, who had no discipline and consumed everything that was put in front of her. I have realised that yoga has brought in a lot of peace of mind, consciousness and patience into my life. It showed me how to be healthy and happy.
Follow a Healthy Lifestyle
As simple as it sounds a healthy lifestyle is not only about physical exercise, but it's a complete lifestyle change. It starts with discipline in eating right to physical practice, relaxation and sleeping adequate. A balance if lost does not benefit anyone. We do forget one small thing that while most of what is mentioned as a healthy lifestyle, talks about keeping your body nourished, we forget to nourish our souls and think of inner peace and happiness. Now it may sound gibberish to a lot of people, even the ones who claim to have a healthy lifestyle forget all about inner engineering. Trust me, you can have the best body but without a healthy mind supporting it, you will never be truly happy.
Once in a while Escape the City Life and Live Close to Nature
Living in a city like Mumbai, one thing I miss is the feeling of space. I grew up in a small town and while I didn't live close to nature, I had a huge house, a backyard which had multiple trees and my mother used to do her own organic farming.
I got the same feeling recently, when I visited Lodha Belmondo on International Yoga Day. Lodha Belmondo is located just as you enter Pune via Mumbai-Pune Expressway. It's such a pretty and huge property with over 90 acres of greens and a golf course which expands to 45 acres. I walked on the grass, which is therapeutic in itself and practiced yoga throughout my stay. The property has some beautiful, scenic and quiet spots where you can practice and meditate. Their organic farm which lets you get fresh vegetables from the farm to your plate made my stay even more precious.
I wish to retire in the mountains eventually, live close to nature and have my own organic farm but until then, Lodha Belmondo is a great weekend retreat for city dwellers like me who want to escape the hustle and bustle, once in a while.
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About the author: Prerna is the founder, editor and the owner of multiple award winning and Top Parenting Blogs in India, Maa Of All Blogs and cofounder of Inspire Beyond Motherhood awards, an award to celebrate moms. She is also a certified Ashtanga yoga teacher and believes in always looking for the silver lining.
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In the daily rigmarole, we live but we forget to breathe. We work hard but we forget to relax. We achieve but we forget to be grateful. I have been there and living in the city you really can't escape the pace it has but practicing yoga over the years, have learned to disconnect and once in a while, take a break
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